Thrift shopping: Feel-good fun and vintage finds

Can I get that wholesale? Growing up in a place nicknamed “wholesale city” where finding a “good deal” is a point of civic pride, thrift shopping has been part of my life since childhood. As well as being a fun hobby, since I’m grateful for my own blessings and...

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Easter & Passover greetings

To my dear blog subscribers... For those of you who celebrate, I wish you a blessed and joyous Easter. And for those currently celebrating Passover, Chag Pesach Sameach! (Happy Passover Holiday) to you. After a severe and disruptive ice storm in Eastern Ontario and...

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Gratitude for the little things

I’m currently dealing with several personal and professional challenges causing stress and worry. So now more than ever, I’m digging into my metaphorical “coping toolbox” to find joy, practice self-care and remind myself to be grateful for the little things. Smelling...

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A date, a day trip & February fun

Canadian winters can sometimes seem endless. This year, amidst a succession of grey, overcast days filled with work and the regular routine, a special day trip made for much-needed February fun. Although I love my small-town world, there are times I also crave city...

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Looking to 2023 with hope

Hope is a theme in my next Second World War women’s fiction novel, The Secrets of Grey Oaks Hall. In both the historical and contemporary timelines, female protagonists hold to hope and the promise of better times ahead when life—and living it—are dark. Hope is also...

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